The prime minister has reiterated it is the right time to lift coronavirus restrictions (Picture: 10 Downing Street / AP)
The prime minister has reiterated it is the right time to lift coronavirus restrictions across the country due to the number of people who have been vaccinated.
Speaking at a press conference while in self isolation, Boris Johnson defended the end of lockdown today – so-called ‘Freedom Day’ – and stressed it was the correct decision despite the rise in cases of Covid-19.
‘We have reached the fourth step on our road map,’ he told the Downing Street briefing.
‘And I know with cases increasing steadily and more people being asked to self isolate, there are those who would rather would rather we waited weeks and months longer – to keep on social distancing and all the legal restrictions we have placed on our lives.
‘I want to remind you all why I believe this is the right step, no matter how difficult it seems.’
He argued that not opening up now – with the ‘firebreak’ offered by the school holidays – meant the risk of even tougher conditions in the colder winter months.
‘The logic remains the same, if we don’t open up now, we face a risk of even tougher conditions in the colder months when the virus has a natural advantage.
‘There comes a point after so many have been vaccinated, when further restrictions no longer prevent hospitalisations and deaths but delay the inevitable, we have to ask ourselves if not now, when?’
Boris Johnson spoke at a Downing Street press conference today while in self isolation (Picture: 10 Downing Street)
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